Specialistsjuksköterskors beskrivning av yrkesroll och omvårdnadshandlingar inom den psykiatriska heldygnsvården

Detta är en Magister-uppsats från Uppsala universitet/Institutionen för folkhälso- och vårdvetenskap; Uppsala universitet/Institutionen för folkhälso- och vårdvetenskap


Background: The goal of psychiatric nursing interventions is to enhance people’s ability to

cope with feelings of futility, to get control of their lives and to learn coping strategies in

order to manage their mental illness and its consequences. Specialist nurses in psychiatric care

coordinate and direct nursing care based on evidence-based knowledge.

Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate what kind of nursing acts specialist nurses use

in the psychiatric inpatient unit and investigate how they perceive their professional role.

Method: The design used was a descriptive qualitative interview study. Nine specialist nurses

working in psychiatric inpatient units were interviewed. Six of the participants were women

and three were men aged 28-53 years. Qualitative content analysis was used as the analytical


Results: The main results of the study were summarized in two broad areas: Nursing

treatments specialist nurses use in the psychiatric inpatient unit and Specialist nurse’s

perception of their professional role. The following six categories were placed in the two

areas; planning nursing care, prevention and health promotion nursing, care of the

environment significance, nursing in compulsory psychiatric care, broader knowledge and

experiences of colleagues ' view of specialist nurses' role. Five of the categories contain two

to three subcategories. The result shows that the difference between the basic nurses and

specialist nurses perceived as diffuse in practical nursing.

Conclusion: The findings show that specialist nurses in this study work in accordance to the

national psychiatric association’s competence description. Specialist nurses are nursing

experts and with their broad knowledge about psychiatric nursing give them a holistic

approach to the psychiatric care.

Keywords: Psychiatric nursing, Specialist nurse, Inpatient unit

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